Are you familiar with the phrase cracking good? It usually means something exceptionally good. It's been in use a long time, a bit like an old Hargreaves razor that was sent to me for repair.
Made around 1851, this lovely old blade, reminiscent of a navy cutlass, needed serious remedial repair work.
The razor had been bought on eBay, the land of razor snake-oil and false promises. As can be seen from the pictures, a cracking good razor, sadly for the owner, had a cracking big crack in it.
See it? No? Have a closer look....
The crack in the metal means that the razor was unusable. It would require removing a lot of metal, creating a new tip. A lot of work, yes, but these lovely old razors are worth the effort and investment!
My plan was to create a new tip that replicated, as far as possible, the original tip, which was an early Spanish tip.
This would mean the removal of the metal from the tip to the pen-mark. Also, the edge would have to be re-profiled slightly.
When I say removal and re-profiling, of course, what I mean is F.R.I.C.T.I.O.N. Lots of it. Plus tea; lots of tea.
Here's the blade mid-way through the process. The top of the spine has yet to be trimmed back and the point is to aggressive.
I work by feel, instinct and sight. I usually pause often to make a cup of tea, returning to look at the blade with a different, caffeine-fuelled perspective. A point is soon reached when it's obvious. Enough. It's finished.
Here's a video of the blade prior to polishing.
Thanks for reading!